Meet our experienced team

Our global team includes world-leading computer vision and robotics experts, scientists and designers


Sonny Foster CEO Visionary Machines
Sonny Foster
Chief Executive Officer

Leader with over 25 years experience in every aspect of a high growth, deep technology business located amongst a competitive world market. Proven ability to deliver industry leading technology with a comprehensive market understanding and passion for innovation. Former Managing Director at Collins Aerospace, Australia.

Nick Gibbs COO CTO Visionary Machines
Nick Gibbs
Chief Operating Officer | Chief Technical Officer

Over 25 years experience in engineering and technical management. Former Vice President Programs at Collins Aerospace, Australia. Proven business acumen, focused on delivering outcomes through the pursuit, capture and delivery of complex engineering programs.

Dr Samson Lee
Chief Technology Evangelist

Founder. Computer vision, machine learning, image processing and hardware.

Tibor Fekete
Chief Sales Officer​

Global Defence business development and sales professional, specialising in autonomous uncrewed systems and sensors.

Rupert Reeve
Manager Planning and IP

High-tech product delivery, 3D multi-camera systems and IP curation.

Chelsea Reid
Chief Marketing Officer

Marketing and brand strategy, visual design and content creation for high-tech start-ups and established companies.

Dr Simon Guest
VP Product

Experienced software engineer with over 20 years experience. Natural language processing, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics and computer vision.

Board Members

Michele Troni
Board Member​

Financial and accounting executive, plus an angel investor. Former chair of Capital Angels, extensive director and secretary positions with deep operational expertise and experience.

Alister Coleman
Board Member

Alister is the founder and Managing Partner of Folklore Ventures, an early-stage Australian venture capital firm investing in ANZ software and advanced technology startups.

Gary Aitchison CEO | Board Member Visionary Machines
Gary Aitchison
Executive Director 

Founder. Serial entrepreneur, building and leading high-tech engineering companies in Australia, US and Asia.

Experienced Advisors

Prof Ian Reid Chief Scientific Advisor Visionary Machines
Prof Ian Reid
Chief Scientific Advisor

Internationally renowned expert in computer vision. The senior researcher at Australia’s premier Vision Research Lab at the University of Adelaide. Previously research leader in the Oxford Active Vision Lab.

Prof Philip H. S. Torr
Scientific Advisor

Internationally renowned expert in computer vision. Professor in Engineering at Oxford University. Professor Torr runs the world-leading computer vision research group, Oxford University’s Torr Vision Group. Visiting Fellow in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. Previously research scientist for Microsoft Research, Professor in Computer Vision and Machine Learning at Oxford Brookes University. Professor Torr is a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder.

Mark Paulson
Principal Intellectual Property Advisor

Internationally renowned expert in intellectual property, patents, patent litigation and procurement, design patents, world-wide IP strategies, technology agreements, licensing, tech-driven joint ventures. Ex-Senior Partner at Jones Day, DC.

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